Miller-Ranch Trail Lost Dutchman
The Lost Dutchman is a one-week trail ride into the legendary Superstition Mountains of Central Arizona, which is a protected wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. This is a trip for those people that enjoy the solitude of a protected wilderness area.
This area holds the story of Jacob Waltz, who is said to have found a gold mine in this forsaken land, but unfortunately did not tell anyone of its whereabouts. Many men have lost their lives trying to find this place, and still today, many adventurers’ dream of finding Old Jake’s gold mine.
The day after your arrival, after a hearty breakfast at the authentic "General Store"or at the Miller-Ranch, you can purchase your Cowboy gear at a Western Store.
Later the day you will be introduced to our extraordinary Missouri Fox Trotter horses. You will then select your mount from a herd of well-trained horses, which you will ride in the round pen in order to get yourself accustomed to the different Foxtrotter gaits. Shortly after this introduction we will take you on a trail ride into the surrounding Sonora desert, where you can try out your horse's flat foot walk, foxtrot and canter. You will be amazed at how comfortable you are on your Foxtrotter Horse.
The next morning we will head out early in the morning to get our mounts and packhorses to the trailhead. The ride in the truck to the trailhead is a breathtaking venture, by itself and will set the mood for the rest of the ride. We will spend 5 days and 4 nights in this wild country where only the Apache Indians were able to thrive. Although the trail is very difficult at times, your Fox Trotter will demonstrate its ability to master the toughest terrain.
Our base camp will be on a plateau high up in the mountains. Old Reavis had his ranch here and one night the Apaches attacked him. He ran outside screaming and yelling at the Indians, completely naked, which made the Apaches think that he had lost his mind. An Indian could not kill someone who was obviously crazy, and therefore Old Reavis was spared. LOTHAR:WAS THIS THE BASIS FOR THE MOVIE “DANCES WITH WOLVES”? Even today you can see the ruins of the old ranch-house and in September we eat the apples from the trees that rancher Reavis once planted. Reavis Creek , that runs not far from the ranch has water all year long and sometimes gives us the chance to have a bath, which is always a welcome retreat when in the wilderness.
We will visit remnants of the magnificent civilization known as the Anasazi Indians. We will also have fantastic views of the surrounding country of the Superstitions from this area. During this portion of the trail, we will also see the Saguaro Lake, which is one of the biggest fresh water reservoirs in the Phoenix.
Our next camp will be at Angel’s Basin, a day’s ride from Reavis Ranch. The trail is tough at times, through Roger’s Canyon at the feet of the Cimmarron Mountains, and along Fish Creek, but overall its manageable. Angel Basin is a wonderful little grassy spot surrounded by towering mountains. Hidden in this area are old Indian Ruins, which we will also visit along our ride. These ruins are well preserved, considering they are a few centuries old.
From Angel’s basin we will ride back to the trailhead. From there we will return to the Miller Ranch where we can once again enjoy the blessings of civilization
A 16 Minute video of this trail can be purchased and is available on the Video section of this site.